Riot boy is the first book I've read by Katey Hawthorne and it definitely won't be my last. I loved Ms. Hawthorne's creative world building skills and uniquely sexy characters that seemed to live and breathe off of the written page. Riot Boy was a book that once I started I had to finish it in one setting and has a very fast paced storyline that kept me captivated with it until I finished the last word.
When Etienne's older sister practically drags him to the club he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Since Etienne's ex-boyfriend broke up with him three years ago, Etienne has become a somewhat of a homebody, and his sister is determined to get him back out into the dating scene and to have some fun. Although, Etienne is somewhat conservative, he's always had an affinity for punk rockers and punk music. So, when he spots a sexy punked out man at the bar, he's immediately attracted to the young man's bad boy image. Etienne is pleasantly surprised when the sexy bad boy asks him to dance, and he's almost overwhelmed by the intense physical chemistry between them on the dance floor. But, before Etienne can get the sexy man's name, his dance partner leaves unexpectedly and Etienne is extremely disappointed.
While at the caf‚ the next day, Etienne discovers that his credit card has been stolen. Etienne instinctively knows that his bad boy dance partner took it and just when he's about to work himself up to a tizzy, his dance partner surprisingly shows up and returns his card to Etienne with an apology and a sweetly seductive smile and explanation. Etienne finds out this fascinating man is named, Brady, and he's in a punk band. As the two men talk, Brady invites Etienne to watch him play. Etienne agrees, but has a feeling that even though Brady seems to be everything he's always been attracted to in a man, there is something mysterious and not quite right about him. As the two men start falling for one another, there are secrets about Brady that are revealed that can break the couple apart forever.
I really loved this book! I adored both Etienne and Brady and thought they fit very nicely together. I love a really good opposites attract storyline, and Riot Boy delivered that in spades. There is an undeniable physical chemistry between both men that practically sizzles and burns off of the written page and smoked up my computer screen. I thought both men were adorable and thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride watching them come together.
I also thought the paranormal aspect of the book was uniquely interesting. I don't want to give anything away about it, but I loved how well thought out Ms. Hawthorne's world building was not only extremely well written but very creative and fascinating as well. Riot Boy has earned a spot as one of my favorite novels that I've read this year and has a spot on my keeper shelf. It was a fresh and fun read that I loved and I'm looking forward to reading more books written by Ms. Hawthorne in the future.
Etienne never thought getting his pocket picked could lead to a first date. He knows the second he catches punk boy Brady's eye that the guy is pure trouble, but Et can't resist his wicked sense of humor, pretty face, cold hands -- and the "piss off" swagger when Brady's on stage with his band doesn't hurt, either.
From Rimbaud to Buzzcocks to Malbec to handcuffs, they introduce each other to their favorite pleasures, and the chemistry is unstoppable. But Brady disappears in the night, won't give Etienne a phone number, doesn't talk about his past; Etienne's never known someone so hungry for affection but with so many trust issues. Et would give all he has, but he has the feeling Brady needs saving from something before he can take what Et offers.
Then, the "something" shows up: Brady's dangerous family, all of them more than human -- including Brady, who has the ability to supercool matter with the slightest touch. Throw in the family talent for criminal activity, and it's an explosion waiting to happen.
Et wants to help him escape his past, but if Brady keeps disappearing, he may not get the chance.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.